Motivation, Wellness

Consistency: The Key to Reaching Your Health Goals

con·sist·en·cy

/kənˈsistənsē/

  • Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.;
  • Agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing;
  • The condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.

Consistency is one of your most powerful tools. It helps power you through the day-to-day so you can reach your goals. It can also make tougher routines become more automatic, triggering action, which in turn boosts motivation. [Read: Momentum to Move]

But consistency does not necessarily mean doing the exact same thing, every time, every day or week. Not only is that a path to boredom, but from a fitness perspective it will soon lead to a lack of progress. The body – and the mind – adapt quickly and settle into a new status quo. [Learn more about this, known as General Adaptation Syndrome]. Only through new challenges do we become stronger and more resilient.

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Exercise Program Design, Strength Training

How to design an effective workout PART 2: Progressing

In Part 1 of this series on the Elements of an Effective Workout, I talked about choosing the right exercises to achieve results most effectively without getting hurt. But an effective workout doesn’t remain effective forever – your body will adapt fairly quickly to the demands you place on it, and you’ll stop making progress toward your goals. The solution? Exercise progressions. In this article I describe a number of ways to progress your workouts, so you’re always challenging your body to become stronger, leaner and more efficient.

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